Dr. rer. nat. Markus Garczarczyk

I was born in 1976 in Poland. My family moved to the north part of Germany, when I was at the primary school level. I finished the secondary school and subsequently went to the military service. At the age of 20 I started to study at the University of Applied Sciences in Ravensburg. In the middle of this study I moved to Munich, where I finished the university as a graduate engineer.

My interests for science started to grow during my diploma thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics in Munich. I decided to complete the university degree at the University of Rostock and to write a doctor thesis, which I finally finished at the age of 30.

I spend my postdoctorate period at the Institut de Fisica d' Altes Energies (IFAE) in Barcelona, delegated to the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) on the Canary Island of La Palma. I am member of the MAGIC experiment since its design phase. MAGIC is a stereo system of two imaging air Cherenkov telescopes, designed for the investigation of very high-energy gamma rays. The MAGIC telescopes are located at the European Northern Observatory atop 2.400 m Roque de los Muchachos on the Canary Island of La Palma. I am the convener of the Gamma Ray Burst key observation program in MAGIC.

At present I am staff scientist at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) in Zeuthen, near Berlin. At DESY I am primary working on the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the next generation of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes. After my six year long experiance of being the technical coordinator at MAGIC, I am now acting as the system engineer for the 12 m in diameter medium sized telescopes. I am also continuing my research activities in MAGIC.


since 03.2013 Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY (Zeuthen, Germany)
Scientist in CTA and in MAGIC
05.2007 - 03.2013 Institut de Fisica d' Altes Energies IFAE (Barcelona, Spain)
delegated to Centro Astrofisica La Palma CALP (La Palma, Spain)
Scientist at the MAGIC experiment
02.2003 - 04.2007

Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (Munich, Germany) & University of Rostock
Ph.D. student in the MAGIC experiment.
Ph.D. thesis: "First observations of the GRB Prompt and Early Afterglow Emission Phase at 100 GeV Energy Regime with the 17m Diameter MAGIC Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescope"

10.1999 - 09.2001 University of Applied Sciences (Munich, Germany)
Student in the physics department (from the 7th semester).
Diploma thesis: "Construction and Development of the Active Mirror Control for the 17m Diameter MAGIC Cherenkov Telescope for High Energy Gamma Astronomy"
03.1996 - 10.1999 University of Applied Sciences (Ravensburg, Germany)
Student in the physics department (until the 6th semester)


Postal address:

Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY)
Platanenallee 6
15738 Zeuthen


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